An Interstellar Perspicacity An Interstellar Perspicacity

An Interstellar Perspicacity

Zeanne Mendoza | December 6, 2014

Interstellar, the long awaited movie! I let out a sigh of relief with the notion that I wouldn’t need to attend chemistry class later! I’ll be honest; my knowledge of the movie was rather limited up until a field trip to watch it came along. The pre-movie trailers alleviated the tension amongst our exorbitantly large Astronomy Club group; I had no idea what I was in for, neither did the rest who watched it with me.

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Delusions Delusions

Delusions

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014

We are all deluded in on way or another. Whether its the politician with delusions of grandeur, the dreadful singer on American idol auditions or the friend who finds chocolate disgusting, we all perceive ourselves and the world around us in a way others don’t.

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Socrates and the Unexamined Life Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014
In all of history, there have been very few human beings as intriguing, influential, and ingenious as Socrates. He was not only one of the greatest thinkers of the 5th century but also one of the greatest to have ever lived.

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Reason and What we Ought to do Reason and What we Ought to do

Reason and What we Ought to do

Raya Bidshahri, 25th March 2014

When we are faced with moral questions in our everyday lives, sometimes we act impulsively or instinctively and sometimes we pause to think, not just about what to do, but about what we ought to do.

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Travel

Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls

Edeline D’Souza, 12 October 2011
The gushing deluge that is the Niagara Falls, located in the south or south-eastern part of Ontario, Canada, is a breath-taking exemplar of Mother Nature’s artistic flair.

Oct 11, 2011 19:22

Myths and Legends

The Iliad – A Summary

The Iliad – A Summary

By Teresa Francis, 14 Sept. 2012
The Iliad by Homer has been a huge influence on the way we see literature today. It is one of the oldest existing pieces of western literature, and contains 15,693 lines.

Sep 14, 2012 19:27

Holidays

Hello Cape Town!

Hello Cape Town!

Nikita Vyas 29 April ’11

Located at the southern tip of Africa, lies a country of diversity, I am talking about the proud hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; I am talking about South Africa.

Apr 29, 2011 19:41

Short Story

Fragments

Fragments

Mariam | 10th November 2014

I prefer to remember her as fiery, defiant and passionate. That’s how I tell her story, I tell them about the fire that crackled in her eyes, and the crinkles of concentration of her face when she wrote in her convoluted little black notebook; I tell them about […]

Nov 15, 2014 19:35

Recent Articles

My Place of Refuge

My Place of Refuge

Nikita Ravindran | January 31, 2015

The sky’s magnificence was emblazoned onto the lacquer lake, while colour-flecked fish were plunking in the beauteous boundaries, as if to embrace the sky.

An Interstellar Perspicacity

An Interstellar Perspicacity

Zeanne Mendoza | December 6, 2014

Interstellar, the long awaited movie! I let out a sigh of relief with the notion that I wouldn’t need to attend chemistry class later! I’ll be honest; my knowledge of the movie was rather limited up until a field trip to watch it came along. The pre-movie trailers alleviated the tension amongst our exorbitantly large Astronomy Club group; I had no idea what I was in for, neither did the rest who watched it with me.

Fragments

Fragments

Mariam | 10th November 2014

I prefer to remember her as fiery, defiant and passionate. That’s how I tell her story, I tell them about the fire that crackled in her eyes, and the crinkles of concentration of her face when she wrote in her convoluted little black notebook; I tell them about […]

Existence

Existence

Varun 10 B2| October 27, 2014

Verkoyansk; Siberia, Russia.
The magnificent, luminous rays of sunlight assaulted his eyes, as he reluctantly arose from his sleep, to bask in the warmth of the fresh summer

Inexistent Perceptions

Inexistent Perceptions

Layal Wehbe 10 G1 | October 21, 2014 Constantly, I find myself questioning the validity of my existence or whether the world that we consider our own, is nothing but an esoteric illusion. With each day that passes, I feel myself slipping into delirium and find it harder to accept that this life I embrace […]

Our Prodigious Embellishments

Our Prodigious Embellishments

Nikita Ravindran 11G1 | October 20, 2014 A display of a myriad of colours often puts a smile on ones face- it bathes our mind with a sense of outlandish (yet ever so wonted) joy. The very feeling of knowing where we are, or knowing that our presence is acknowledged by our abode, and that […]

The Changing Phase

The Changing Phase

September 27, 2014| Zeanne Mendoza
What does it mean to grow?

A thought I pondered through procrastination- it provoked my curiosity; a question that had lingered my mind repeatedly. Each day passes and in the continuity of time, we go on without digging deeper into it’s in depth meaning.

Awakening

Awakening

Anant Sharma | September 23, 2014

The moon was risen, an ivory body of luminescence that washed the world below in pale silver; everything seemed ethereal, glowing by such moonlight.

Delusions

Delusions

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014

We are all deluded in on way or another. Whether its the politician with delusions of grandeur, the dreadful singer on American idol auditions or the friend who finds chocolate disgusting, we all perceive ourselves and the world around us in a way others don’t.

Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014
In all of history, there have been very few human beings as intriguing, influential, and ingenious as Socrates. He was not only one of the greatest thinkers of the 5th century but also one of the greatest to have ever lived.

Reason and What we Ought to do

Reason and What we Ought to do

Raya Bidshahri, 25th March 2014

When we are faced with moral questions in our everyday lives, sometimes we act impulsively or instinctively and sometimes we pause to think, not just about what to do, but about what we ought to do.

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Rohan Roberts, 9 July 2013
Who has not gnashed their teeth in anger at some of what passes for art in recent years? Who has not convulsed with despair at the obscene amount of money spent by collectors? Who has not tried desperately to decipher that blurry line where art ends and junk begins? […]

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Rohan Roberts 7 July 2013
Ray Kurzweil is probably the boldest, most famous and controversial of the futurists today. In his new book, ‘How to Create a Mind,’ he tackles such difficult subjects as the nature of consciousness, the creation of artificial intelligence, metacognition, and reverse-engineering the human brain.

Twilight

Twilight

By Neiha S Khan Lasharie, 11 June 2013
..this blue silenced them both. And it silenced the city too, as if a celestial body had decided to cloak everything in a transparent sheet of aquamarine, city lights shining through tints, distorted, making it look like small golden fairies were dancing every where.

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

A fantastic romp along the frontiers of modern cosmology – and beyond. Halpern makes us wonder about our place in the vast universe, both in space and time, and marvel at the mystery of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, parallel universes, and so much more. — Cliff Pickover

The Dragonflies

The Dragonflies

By Teresa Francis, 25 March 2013

When the dragonflies arrived, we knew it was summer. They would skim lightly over the freshly mown grass and we’d know that finally it was time for beaches and popsicles and the glorious sun. I was, however, never a summer person.

Ode to Writing

Ode to Writing

By Edeline D’Souza, 19 March 2013

A blank page, the blinking cursor.
An oblivion of so much potential, but nothing tangible, of ideas that could be, and ideas glorified, of false starts and backspaces. This is an ode to writing.

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Rohan Roberts, 18 March 2013
Just when we think we thought we’d reached the dregs of how bad things can possible get for the human condition, along comes a book that slaps seven shades of sense into all the doomsdayers, naysayers, and ecclesiastic soothsayers.

I Am Dubai

I Am Dubai

By Lara Matossian-Roberts, 13 March 2013
An insightful, thought-provoking, descriptive poem by Lara, ‘I Am Dubai’ debuted on stage in 2010 when it was performed by Dubai Drama Group at the Jam Jar. It was also performed by Winchester students at the Emirates Airline LitFest Fringe earlier this month. The poem is slated to be performed at the ‘Poeticians’ poetry event at Sikka Art Fair later this month.

Phases of Acceptance

Phases of Acceptance

By Neiha S Khan Lasharie, 13 March 2013

It’s hard for me to take good news at face value. I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only person to think this way – I lower my expectations about everything so much that I will refuse to believe that something amazing has happened to me until I have solid, tangible proof of it. Of course, that isn’t always possible. Not all good things are tangible.

Seeking the Truth

Seeking the Truth

By Teresa Francis, 11 March 2013

He crouched silently behind the photocopier machine, and said a silent prayer. Sweat trickled down his forehead as he listened to the menacing footsteps grow louder. Adrenaline coursed through his veins, but he was conscious of the swelling fear in his throat.

The Importance of Curiosity

The Importance of Curiosity

Jennifer writes about the recent TEDxYouth@WinchesterLive2013 event, as well as the importance of being constantly curious.

Why We Read

Why We Read

By Teresa Francis, February 27 2013

It is the human condition to seek company, to search for purpose. We long for someone to relate to, for someone whose soul mirrors our own. Reading always starts off simple.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

By Neiha Lasharie, 7 February 2012

Try everything. A lot of people downplay the importance of names, but then why do you have people who change their names later on in life? Because a name is just that important – it is your identity beyond your personality, your talents, your ambitions and goals and accomplishments.

The Question of Love

The Question of Love

By Shenny Pieries, 1 February 2013
There’s the transcendent sense of tenderness you feel toward a person who sparks your interest. There’s the sublime feeling of relief and reward when that interest is returned. There are the flowers you buy and the poetry you write and the impulsive trip you make to the other side of the world just so you can spend 48 hours in the presence of a person who’s far away.

Taking a Cosmic Perspective

Taking a Cosmic Perspective

By Raya Bidshahri, 26 Jan 2013
Most of us are so preoccupied with our own small insignificant personal lives that we forget that we are a part of a remarkable, exceptional and ambitious species.

Review: TEDx events at Winchester

Review: TEDx events at Winchester

By Shenny Pieries, 4 Jan 2013
On Saturday, November 17th the Winchester School hosted one of the most exhilarating, awe-inspiring and mind-blowing event in Winchester history.

Rape Culture and Internalised Misogyny

Rape Culture and Internalised Misogyny

Neiha Lasharie, 4 Jan 2013
Phoebus Online is a magazine that thrives on giving young voices a platform – and this particular young voice is a livid one.

Ambassadors of Intelligent Discussion

Ambassadors of Intelligent Discussion

By Teresa Francis Jan 4 2013
The morning of the 17th of November brought a motley group of speakers to the Winchester School for its TEDxYouth@Winchester and TEDxWinchesterTeachers events.

The Free Will Illusion

The Free Will Illusion

By Raya Bidshahri, 4 January 2013
We human beings like to think that we are in control. The idea that we have free will with our thoughts and actions forms the very foundation for our morality, law, politics, religion, public policies, friendship and even sensations of guilt and accomplishment.

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

Review by Rohan Roberts 4 January 2013
The sobriquets that have been bestowed upon V. S. Ramachandran are many: Wizard of the Brain; a modern Brocca; the Galileo of neuroscience; …. Eminent biologist, Richard Dawkins, calls V. S. Ramachandran, a ‘Latter-day Marco Polo.’

Film Review: Barton Fink

Film Review: Barton Fink

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Dec 2012
‘Barton Fink’ is a movie in the mould of ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Adaptation’. If you aren’t interested in symbols, metaphors, and allegorical explanations, then it might be best to give this movie a skip.

Intelligent Optimism

Intelligent Optimism

By Raya Bidshahri 3 November 2012
Head girl, Raya, writes about what it means to be optimistic in an intelligent, informed and rational way.

TEDx Rehearsals and Photographs

TEDx Rehearsals and Photographs

By Mehvash Khan
Our first TEDx training session was a grueling yet fun-filled affair. We began our day with fresh donuts and rolls thanks to the ever-so wonderful Lara.

Review: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

Review: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

By Edeline D’Souza

The works of Shakespeare is great in all its forms, but this was something to behold in awe…and, of course, laughter!
The Dubai Drama Group’s rendition of all of the works of Shakespeare (abridged obviously) was a magnificent and downright witty, hilarious, stitch-in-the-side-inducing kind of performance.

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Oct 2012
Let’s get this out of the way: How the Mind Works does not do what it says on the box – id est, it doesn’t answer the question of how the mind works.

Terra-forming – From Earthlings to Martians

Terra-forming – From Earthlings to Martians

By Raya Bidshahri, 1 Oct 2012
When astronomer Christian Hyugens’ observations first provided evidence of Mars being a planet, never did he or anyone else during his era imagine that a rover would, one day, wander about its surfaces […]

Nature v/s Nurture

Nature v/s Nurture

By Rachel Long, 1 Oct. 2012
Arguably one of the most important discussions within psychology, the concept of nature versus nurture has been the source of many detailed studies.

The Human Condition

The Human Condition

Edeline D’Souza, 1 Oct 2012
Jealousy, greed, self-gratification, self-indulgence. We think of these things as characteristic of the Human Race. Everything we do seems to be for an ulterior motive […]

Eschew Violence, Embrace Peace

Eschew Violence, Embrace Peace

Mehvash Khan, 1 Oct 2012
Mehvash offers a liberal Islamic viewpoint about the recent riots.

Individuality

Individuality

By Shaday Collie, 1 Oct 2012
Ginger sat cheerfully in the polished, plastic cover chairs of the head mistress office. It wasn’t the first time she’d been there, or the second, in fact she was such a regular visitor that she was pretty familiar with the routine.

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

Shennin Pieries, 29 September 2012
She sat there idly in the corner of a bleak hospital waiting room. The walls were tinted a faded hue of grey and lime green. The florescent lights above her buzzed aggravatingly and flickered every two minutes.

Probability

Probability

By Winston Vicente
If you were in a Las Vegas casino and you were on the roulettes, which colour would you bet on? The Red or the Black?

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

By Ayesha Kaushik, 29 September 2012
We’ve all heard the famous saying that laughter is the best medicine, but do you really think laughter is something so powerful that it may be as effective as medicine can be?

Intelligent Optimism

Intelligent Optimism

By Tannya Jajal, 19 Sept 2012
Why is it that so many people are skeptical about the concept of there being any “good” in the world? Why is it that people’s minds are constantly marred by negativity and the lack of hope?